The lifeless body of a man was seen dangling from a rope in an isolated uncompleted building at Lawal Unity Street, Meiran, area of Lagos state.
The incident which happened on Thursday, January 29, 2015 had left some residents of the area in shock.
The unidentified man was said to have worn a white robe and had possibly sneaked into the building on the night of Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to commit suicide.
Police operatives and some other residents of the area tried fruitlessly to identify or locate the relatives of the stranger.
One of the residents named, Adebayo Salami, who spoke about the incident said, “I was called on Thursday morning and told that somebody had died in a building.
“My initial thought was that it was somebody living in the area, but when we got there, we discovered that it was an uncompleted building and the man was a stranger.”
He supposed that the man could have hanged himself in order to either escape a punishment or conceal a secret.
According to Punch, a community leader, Samuel Oroja, disclosed that the they had intimated both the police and the traditional ruler of the community about the incident.
Oroja said, “I have called some other elders, including the traditional ruler, to notify them so that we can know what to do about the corpse.
“Nobody knows the man or where he came from. We have reported the matter at the Meiran Police Station.
“What we will do now is to prepare rites and make sacrifices to forestall a recurrence of unnatural death like this because this is a bad sign for the community.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident adding that the police had identified the victim as Mosunmola Raphael, a 28-year-old man.
“His relatives came to identify him and they said he had mental problem. His corpse has been released to the family after they presented some documents,” said Nwosu.